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Luck o’ the Garmin Giveaway

March 11th, 2013

Garmin is known as a top name in fitness technology – and now you can wear some of that technology on your wrist for free! The Garmin Forerunner 10 is simple-to-use GPS run watch with all the core features runners need to train and race.

This contest is closed.  Congratulations to Cheryl C. in Florida and Francis F. in Georgia, winners of our Luck o’ the Garmin Giveaway! Thank you to everyone who entered!

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Heart Rate Monitors Plain and Simple

February 27th, 2013

You don’t have to be a gearhead to jump – or run – into the world of heart rate monitors. Today’s market offers a great selection of sleek and simple monitors that are easy to operate.

Why Buy a Heart Rate Monitor?

Incorporating heart rate training gives you more control over your workouts and can be a clutch training tool when it comes to making fitness gains and breaking through plateaus. A heart rate monitor can help you make sure you’re hitting your target heart rate during a workout, or staying in a lower heart rate zone on an active recovery day. You can also use a heart rate monitor to work intervals of higher and lower intensity exertion.

Whether your running goals are fitness or race-performance related, a heart rate monitor can enhance your training. These nifty little gadgets are a much more precise way to keep track of your efforts than ‘perceived exertion,’ giving you the power to manipulate your workouts to achieve your goals.

Our Popular Models

If simple is your style, here are a few of our favorite basic heart rate monitors:

Timex Easy Trainer

The Timex Easy Trainer offers a no-frills approach to heart rate training. All you need to do is secure the included heart rate monitor strap around your chest and press the red ‘On/Off’ button, and you’re on your way. The large, easy-to-read display helps you keep track of your heart rate on your run, even in the dark thanks to the INDIGLO® night light. After your run, the Workout Review feature recalls activity time along with average and peak heart rates.

Polar FT4

The Polar FT4 provides heart rate information, as well as an estimate of calories burned during a workout. This heart rate monitor also has a coded heart rate transmission, so it will correctly pick up your own heart rate even if your training partner is wearing a heart rate monitor as well. You can even set heart-rate-based target zones with visual and audible alarms, and choose from eight languages to display. Read more…

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Running Resolutions in Limbo?

February 6th, 2013

Stumbling more than you're running? Brooks' blog has suggestions to get back on track.

If you’re having trouble sticking with your running resolutions, check out this blog from Brooks on How to Reboot Your Running Resolutions. They offer up some fixes and suggestions for common training hurdles like sickness, exhaustion, and not being able to find enough time to get in all your mileage.

We’ve found a couple types of products are particularly helpful for people who are working on a training or race goal in 2013. The most obvious one is a GPS watch or heart rate monitor. After all, you can’t improve if you don’t measure how you’re doing. We’re also big proponents of massage and running injury prevention products, especially for more entry level runners who are working hard toward a goal.

For those of you who made running resolutions, how are they going? What other stumbling blocks have gotten in your way? Let us know and we’ll try to offer some creative solutions.

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GPS Watches for the Masses: 2013 Running Trend

January 29th, 2013

A decade ago, GPS sounded like something only the FBI or CIA would have access to. Now even your mom has it. And just maybe, she’s a runner who uses GPS to manage and track her workouts. With brands like Garmin and Soleus offering GPS running watches that won’t break the bank, it’s easier than ever for runners to step out into the brave new world of training tech.

There are plenty of GPS models that have it all. They can track your speed/distance, tell you how many calories you’ve burned, track your progress over time, do your laundry…okay, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. We love these fully loaded models, but they might be a little overwhelming for those making their first foray into the world of GPS.

A few key players in the GPS market are also recognizing this challenge and responding with streamlined, simple-to-use GPS models with lighter price tags than some of their beefier counterparts.

If 2013 is your year to get techie, check out the Garmin Forerunner 10 Small / Garmin Forerunner 10 Regular. Another good option is the Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 Watch. These models are easy to operate, and being able to accurately track the distance and pace of your workouts can help you improve your performance over time.

Do you use GPS to guide your training and track your progress?

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Hydration and Cold Weather Running

January 24th, 2013

Ever wonder how the dry, cold days this time of year impact your hydration levels? After all, breathing in the dry air causes us to lose more water through our lungs, and it’s really easy for many runners not to drink enough when temperatures drop.

Several of us here at RW were just talking by the watercooler the other day (as we diligently hydrated) about how it’s tough to get excited about drinking even room temp beverages this time of year. Hot water with a bit of lemon seemed to be a crowd favorite.

Hydration in cold weather doesn’t get nearly as much discussion as the importance of hydrating when the mercury rises, but Skratch Labs, makers of Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Drink Mix, has a fantastic recent blog article on how the human body compensates for cold temps. They also provide some strategies for staying warm and properly hydrated when you’re running in a winter wonderland.

Exercising in the Cold of Winter by Allen Lim

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New and Cool: Jump into January

January 23rd, 2013

All the running gearheads around the RW offices (which we’ll admit, is most of us) are getting stoked, because new spring run gear is starting to trickle in to our warehouse. There’s a lot more to come in the next few months, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Here are just a few of the new arrivals that we’re really excited about right now…

Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans: Assorted & Pomegranate

Give us a reason to eat jelly beans – any reason – and we’re pretty much on board. Extreme Sport Beans, from the geniuses who make Jelly Belly® jelly beans, give us reasons to eat these tasty little bites during a workout. Fuel your run with carbs, electrolytes and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C. B vitamins help your body burn carbs and fat, and vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. The Extreme version of these beans also packs 50mg of caffeine to help keep you going through long training sessions. We now have two new flavors: Assorted and Pomegranate. Yum.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS

If you’re ready to kick up your training a notch, then the Nike+ SportWatch GPS is a great place to start. The watch comes with the Nike+ sensor foot pod and everything you need to get started so you can monitor your training progress. Measure your pace and distance, and track your progress over time as you work toward your next goal. You can even get involved in the Nike+ online community to compete with your friends and get inspired by the running accomplishments of other athletes.

But wait a minute, we hear you saying, I think I’ve seen this watch before. You’re right, this is not a new model from Nike. But what is new is the fancy white color, which looks pretty dang futuristic. In fact, we think the watch’s sleek design looks so good that you’ll want to wear it even when you aren’t running.

New Minimal Options from Brooks and Mizuno

This season we’re excited to see some zero drop shoes that offer a bit of protection from the road. A couple newbies that caught our eye are brand new models from Brooks and Mizuno. Brooks introduced the Brooks PureDrift as the lightest member of the PureProject family. Its flexible midsole gives your feet a bit of padding from the ground, while maintaining an excellent feel for the running surface. The shoe can have a 4mm offset or zero drop with insole removed.

From Mizuno, we’re pumped about the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas, which boasts low weight, a low stack height and an invitation to get your runner’s high on. The zero drop platform and wide forefoot combine to offer an excellent shoe for a mid-to-forefoot strike. Mizuno uses their Wave technology in the forefoot midsole to provide cushioning on ground contact. The colors are great, and we couldn’t help but fall for the incredibly breathable open mesh upper of this shoe.

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Hydration Packs: 2013 Running Trend

January 21st, 2013

Endurance runners rejoice! Technically 2013 is the ‘Year of the Snake,’ but we think it will be the ‘Year of the Drink’ (ok, they don’t quite rhyme – just roll with us here). The days of clunky, awkward hydration packs and non-ergonomic water bottles are thankfully behind us, and this year, runners are going to take notice.

Many top brands in hydration (Salomon, Camelbak, Nathan, UltrAspire, Ultimate Direction and others) will be releasing svelte, low profile hydration packs that offer plenty of room to carry fluid, and pockets aplenty for all your other nutrition and accessory storage needs. We’re also going to see some pretty cool innovations in the realm of handhelds.

If you test drive one of the streamlined packs, like the CamelBak Marathoner Vest or the Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Set Pack that we already have in stock, you’ll see that the game is changing – and fast. Many of these packs are more of a vest-pack hybrid that stays securely in place while you run, and won’t chafe or jostle. The packs are designed to move with you, instead of against you, so you can focus on running.

But packs aren’t the only things getting a rethink. Salomon is rolling out a new handheld worth a look. The Sense Hydro S-Lab Set Gloves put hydration in your hand but don’t require the whole “held” part of the equation. These gloves strap up to 500ml to the palm of each hand, giving you easy access to your hydration without the risk of hand cramping.

This will be the year that many more runners transition from their Stone Age, oversized hydration packs and cumbersome bottles to sleeker models that keep them prepared and unhindered. And it’s also going to be the year for many other runners to try out a pack, belt or handheld for the first time. Hydration products in 2013 will be all about adding to the quality of your run, instead of just giving you a way to lug around some liquid. It’s like adding the perfect cape to your superhero costume…it just makes your run that much better.

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Salomon Sense Hydro S-Lab Set Gloves

January 16th, 2013

In the video below, Salomon couldn’t describe their new Sense Hydro S-Lab Set Gloves any better: Hydration in the Palm of Your Hand. This innovative solution to handhelds gives runners a comfortable way to hold up to 500ml in each hand while letting their hands stay relaxed. The Gloves just arrived in stock, and we’ve got a couple folks on staff who are excited to try them out on their next endurance run.

The Gloves come as a pair, and one 237ml (8 oz) Soft Flask is also included. We sell additional 237ml Salomon Soft Flasks and 500ml Salomon Soft Flasks, if you’re looking to carry more liquid on your run.

Many of you might remember seeing Kilian Jornet rockin’ prototypes of these puppies at Western States a couple years ago. Salomon now has them all dialed in and ready for mass consumption. Well, as ‘mass’ as you’re going to get for a premium hydration option that’s starting its own niche. Expect good breathability with the elastic mesh design, a soft wiping surface for sweat on the back of the glove, and a comfortable, customized fit since the gloves are available in 3 sizes.

Check out this video for quick rundown of the product. Full tech details are on our product page.

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7 Extreme Winter Weather Accessories

December 14th, 2012

If you’re looking for some extra help for handling extreme winter conditions, we’ve got you covered. Fight frostbite in the snow and slippage on icy terrain with these intense winter accessories.

Yaktrax Run

Slick icy or snowy conditions don’t have to keep you from your run with Yaktrax Run. The steel coils and removable carbide spikes help prevent slipping, and the high strength natural rubber will hold up against tough terrain. A Velcro strap helps to ensure a secure fit on your running shoe.

Asics Thermopolis XP Cozy Sleeves

The Asics Thermopolis XP Cozy Sleeves are luxuriant warmth, wrapped up in a sleek package. The interior is fully brushed for next-to-skin coziness, and if temps get really serious you can pull over a built-in mitt to cover your fingers. Each sleeve has a small envelope pocket on the upper arm to store gels or other small essentials.

Mizuno Breath Thermo Arm Warmer & Gloves Set

When you’re running in cold weather and you start to sweat, you get the chills. Not with Mizuno’s Breath Thermo® Arm Warmers & Gloves Set. The Breath Thermo® fabric is engineered to convert moisture (from perspiration) into heat to help warm you up on very cold days. Bonus? Both the arm warmers and gloves feel soft and comfortable against your skin. The set is available in black and bright green as well as the purple color shown here.

Craft Active Extreme WS Skull Hat

When the temps outside feel glacial, reach for your Craft Active Extreme WS Skull Hat. GORE WINDSTOPPER® keeps the wind from cutting through the fabric, and ergonomic construction gives this skullcap a great fit. This cap is low-profile enough to be worn alone or under another headwear piece if it’s so dang cold you need to double up.

Pearl Izumi Barrier Skull Cap

The Pearl Izumi Barrier Skull Cap may look simple (and just a bit like a biker helmet), but don’t underestimate its power against cold conditions. A windproof front panel means the wind can’t steal so much of your heat, and a soft thermal lining will keep you warm and help with moisture management. You get complete ear coverage as well, and the ponytail slot in back is a handy way to handle your flowing locks.

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Gloves

The coldest, wettest weather is no match for the Pearl Izumi P.R.O Barrier WxB Gloves. A fully peached interior will help keep your hands toasty, while the wind and waterproof OutDry® membrane bonded to the outer layer of these gloves will keep rain, sleet or snow out. And if your nose starts to run when you do, these gloves offer a generous soft wiping surface on the back of the thumb.

Brooks Wanganui Shelter Gloves

The Brooks Wanganui Shelter Gloves will give your digits a shelter from any storm. The exterior is waterproof, but still breathable. PrimaLoft® fill on the back and a comfortable moisture-transfer lining will help your hands stay warm and comfy no matter what the weather’s doing outside.

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7 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

December 11th, 2012

A Few Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Sometimes it’s the stocking stuffers that are the most fun to shop for…and it’s so satisfying to find that perfect little something for the people who are close to you. We’ve picked a few of our favorite little essentials that every runner can use. These items make great stocking stuffers because they’re affordable, small and they’ll benefit pretty much any runner.

GU Performance Energy Sampler

The GU Performance Energy Sampler is a great way for your favorite runner to test out the top products available from GU.  The pack includes a selection of GU’s electrolyte tabs, energy gels, energy chews, electrolyte drink mixes and recovery drink mixes.

Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans 24-Pack

How extreme can jelly beans get? Pretty dang extreme! The Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans 24-Pack will deliver quick energy and electrolytes for sports performance, and are available in Cherry or Watermelon flavor.

SneakerBalls Fresh & Clean Scent/Energy Scent

The SneakerBalls Happy Feet will help that special runner in your life keep their shoes smelling oh-so-fine. And if that special runner happens to be your kid, or your spouse or your training partner, your nose is sure to thank you!

Moji 360 Mini Massager

The Moji 360 Mini Massager is a runner’s favorite companion to take to a race or to keep in a desk drawer. A set of 7 omni- directional stainless steel spheres allow a runner to pinpoint sore spots and mimic the feel of hand massage.

Brooks Seamless Arm Warmers

The Brooks Seamless Arm Warmers slip on easily and stay securely in place thanks to the wrist and upper arm cuffs. Seamless construction eliminates chafing, so your special runner will get thermal benefits without irritation.

Amphipod Hydraform Handheld Pocket Bottle 20 oz

The Amphipod Hydraform Handheld Pocket Bottle is a great pick for the runner who needs hydration on their run, but doesn’t want to use a belt or a pack. The ergonomic design won’t bounce around on the run, and the storage pouch on the bottle is expandable, so they can carry their small essentials.

Runner Defense Pepper Spray

Runner Defense Pepper Spray is a great gift for the runner who heads out solo, or who runs in the early morning or late evening. The snug, adjustable strap makes the spray easy to carry while running, and the spray can fire up to a distance of 10 feet.

Still need more ideas? See all Men’s Stocking Stuffers and Women’s Stocking Stuffers.

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